I have a MacBook Pro 2.33GHz (Core2) with a HL-DT-ST-DVDRW GWA4080MA (AE38). I've been noticing that this drive is pretty **** slow. Since I couldn't find benchmarking programs for Mac, I ran Nero CD/DVD speed tests in Windows XP (BootCamp). CD Read = 8x DVD Read = 1.1x CD Burn (using different brand discs at 40x and 52x) = 8x (to start, but slowed down as it progressed) I should not have an optical drive that's only slightly faster than my iBook from 2001. What gives? Interestingly enough, tried another 52x using Toast rather than the finder. It had me at 10x, eventually going to 11x, eventually jumping to 20x, and then flip-flopped from 20x to 21x for the remainder of the 700mb burn. Really. Is this normal? Am I seeing a normal 24x Superdrive (CD-R) at work here? My PowerMac G5's burner seems faster and it, too, is rated at 24x. Pretty soon, I'll "race" my MBP against another MBP of the same model and see what's up. Thanks!